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The International Landscape of Small Businesses

Gina Harman | Posted 11.05.2013 | Impact
Gina Harman

La Idea encourages knowledge transfer between entrepreneurs in the U.S. and Latin America. In addition to providing free business education events and resources, La Idea facilitates networking among entrepreneurs across borders.

Small Businesses: Creating Jobs, Creating Futures

Accion and Opportunity Fund | Posted 05.01.2013 | Impact
Accion and Opportunity Fund

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifToday' talk about the importance of small businesses in creating 'jobs' is often limited to static measures like the numbers of jobs created or the number of people employed or unemployed, today.

Microfinance in the Slums of Mumbai

Jessica Gage | Posted 08.21.2012 | Impact
Jessica Gage

The slum communities are densely packed, with winding paths that have no street names, let alone house numbers, and so although Nilesh has spent time in these neighborhoods, he must often rely on the local residents to be pointed in the direction of the next client.

Women and the Economy: Looking Back and the Road Ahead

Gina Harman | Posted 06.18.2012 | Women
Gina Harman

When it comes to discussing the American economy, gender is not something that naturally springs to the front of the conversation.

Why We're Still Talking About Small Business

Gina Harman | Posted 05.28.2012 | Business
Gina Harman

It's time for big business to help small businesses generate jobs. Through a fund called the Accion-NYSE Job Growth Fund, corporate donations can be transformed into business loans.

Truth Teller or Bank Teller? Which Are You?

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 06.19.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

I wanted to tell my disgruntled microfinance detractor that in a world plagued with 3 billion poor people, there are no easy answers.

Sam Adams Launches Micro-Loans For Food & Beverage Entrepreneurs

Grub Street New York | Posted 06.06.2011 | Food

The Boston Beer Company, maker of Samuel Adams, is looking to distribute up to a million dollars in micro-loans this year, all through its Brewing the...

An Update on the Muhammad Yunus Situation

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Vivian Norris

Supporters of microfinance around the world stand in support of Dr. Yunus and are doing their best to help resolve this situation.

Scaling Microfinance: An Economic Imperative

Gina Harman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gina Harman

These are troubling times, as the spotlight on microfinance has recently led to unfortunate mischaracterizations and a rush to judgment.

5 Ways Microloans Create U.S. Jobs

Gina Harman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gina Harman

If you've been keeping up with recent economic news, here's a familiar statistic: Small businesses are responsible for 70 percent of job creation in the U.S.

How Microfinance Is Fueling A New Small Business Wave

Gina Harman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gina Harman

Despite the clear need and obvious benefit to our economy, ACCION and other microlenders have reached but a small percentage of the millions of microenterprises in the U.S. Getting the word out -- that we are lending -- is part of our challenge.

Funding the Risk Frontier in Microfinance

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Elisabeth Rhyne

The recent IPO of SKS Microfinance, India's largest microfinance institution (MFI), was a watershed event whose ripples are affecting the public perception of microfinance.

Microfinance among the Populists

Elisabeth Rhyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Elisabeth Rhyne

Populist governments across Latin America are re-shaping the environment in which microfinance institutions (MFIs) provide financial services to low i...

Don't get crushed at the mall - Create Jobs

Jack Hidary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Jack Hidary

Think your are helping the economy by buying some holiday gifts? Instead of giving more stuff to your relatives and friends that they don't need, d...